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Natural Aphrodisiacs

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In Malaysia, a decoction of the leaves or roots is drunk as a protective remedy after childbirth, and the plant is used to stimulate sexual desire and to invigorate. It is also used to promote sweating and to treat cough. The plant has not been yet investigated for pharmacology but one could suggest that the aphrodisiac and tonic properties might result from a mood elevation via inhibition of serotonin re-uptake. Note that the root of Cyathostemma argenteum contains liriodenine and discretamine (5). Liriode-nine is known to block muscarinic receptors, but knowledge on its effects on the sero-toninergic system is quite vestigial (6).

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